Join Iain Thomas in San Francisco

10382835_810568428965623_7287110907295161867_nIf you live in the San Francisco area, we are hoping you can join Iain S. Thomas as he reads from his books, shares his writing experiences and his discusses his observations on poetry and travelling in North America.

Iain will be at the Barnes & Noble – Hillsdale in San Mateo at 11am on Sunday, September 14. Bring your own books of his (I Wrote This For You, Intentional Dissonance, or IWTFY: Just the Words) for signing or buy one there. You can respond to the Facebook event here.

And if you go, would you mind posting some pictures on Twitter with the hashtag #iwtfysf. We’d really like to share them…

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I Wrote This For You: A Reblog of the Vancouver Reading

Ys PosterI’m going to plagiarize. I’ve basically copied and pasted Iain Thomas’ words from his blog on his thoughts of his reading in Vancouver. But the post was so good, and I couldn’t figure out a way to repost the entry here without just copying and pasting. But please, do go to the original post and leave a comment if you’d like. I thought this was a great recap of what happened at the Vancouver reading at Y’s Books on Aug 25 and a great way of getting to know one of the creators in the I Wrote This For You project.

I read things out aloud in Vancouver. I will also read things out aloud in San Francisco and LA.

There’s this kind of electronic day dream that I know I fall victim to, where I switch between twitter, facebook and reddit or something else, continuously, eating the world in tiny bite sized chunks of information and if you are in that kind of electronic day dream now, here are the important things, you can then return to the vicious cycle of gifs, updates, pictures and dramatic news:1. The reading in Vancouver went very well and I met a bunch of people on the other side of this screen, briefly, but there was enough time to sit down and talk about what different things meant to each of us, and that felt good to me.

2. The venues and dates for the San Francisco and LA readings have been confirmed and you can indicate your willingness to join me at those readings on facebook. 

If you hate facebook, here are those details.

Sunday September 14 — 11am-3pm
Barnes & Noble, Hillsdale
Hillsdale Shopping Center
11 West Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, CA

Friday October 10 – 7pm until they throw us out
Bookstar, Barnes & Noble Book Sellers
12136 Ventura Blvd
Studio City
Los Angeles, CA

3. Tomorrow (roughly 23 hours or so from now), I will be doing a reddit.com/r/iama where you’ll be able to ask me questions and I will have to answer them.

4. There are incredibly limited number of singed copies of I Wrote This For You available from my publisher, you can email her at michelle at centralavenuepublishing dot com.

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You may now return to the previously mentioned vicious cycle, waiting slowly for the next interesting thing to happen.

If on the other hand, you have some time, here’s some more things that have fallen out of my head.

I’ve been traveling from Vancouver, slowly, down what I consider the sensual neck of America, towards Southern California. If I could freeze the light falling down on the old cars scattered across the farmland we passed and bottle it, I would keep it to myself. Pictures never do a place justice. No one ever parked their cars on the side of a lake and set out a picnic to look at pictures of fireworks. There are fireworks in the giant Redwood forests, explosions of green and brown, all happening in slow motion, over hundreds and thousands of years, and they make me feel so small and so big at the same time.

I hate to say it, and never use this as an excuse not to travel, but I understand why you wouldn’t travel – there are different worlds here, hidden in small towns and under benches in big cities (Although the chain stores do start to make the different cities look like everyone’s playing Sim City and everyone has the same building blocks, just in a different order).

Let me talk about Vancouver.

I met Michelle, our publisher, for the first time. She’s wonderful and kind and everything else the years of working together with her have suggested she is. We met at a Tim Hortons the day we were leaving Vancouver, on the side of a freeway, and we sat down amongst truckers and people on their way to work and I signed a whole bunch of books, very quickly. Someone out there will get my real signature, not my author signature, because I was signing things so quickly I wasn’t thinking. The real one is just a circle. The author one kind of looks like my name.

The people at Y’s Book Shop in Vancouver were amazing, both the people listening to me read and the people who own the store. It stopped being a reading at some point and just started being a giant conversation. Every reading I’ve ever done has been different and I love that. This was really intimate and relaxed and real.

Someone asked me who I’d love to listen to, if I can hear them read, I said:

David Foster Wallace
Kurt Vonnegut
Joey Comeau
Walt Witman
Charles Bukowski

After thinking about it, I’d also add:

Pablo Neruda
Richard Siken

Only two of these people are alive. I explained that the problem with writers is that quite often, we want to fight each other, physically, because we don’t believe that anyone else can do what we do, or that they’ve paid whatever we paid to be able to do it and it’s only after they’re dead that we can really admire each other, because we no longer pose a threat. I went on to explain that if Shakespear had a blog today, his sales would probably be better.

Someone asked me what the most useful emotion was, I said:

Sadness is the most productive emotion but happiness and contentment is where you find the best work.

I said a lot more than that but now I have the luxury of writing things down and making myself sound far more perfect than I ever really am. I also want to have to something to talk about when I’m in front of people later this month.

If you’d like to hear me in all my un-retouched glory, without the benefit of a delete key, I hope I see you in San Francisco or LA, and we can tell each other about the different things that make us feel afraid, or alive.

Thank you, we’ll speak soon,

Me

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Words, Writers & West Seattle Presents Molly Ringle

(Reprinted from the West Seattle Herald)

Molly Ringle smA lifelong fan of folklore and mythology, Molly Ringle has been writing both contemporary fiction and paranormal fiction for over twenty-five years. She will present two novels about the Greek myths next Friday, Sept. 5th: ‘Persephone’s Orchard,’ (Central Avenue Publishing, 2013) the first in the series; and book 2, ‘Underworld’s Daughter’ (Central Publishing, 2014). Past titles include The Ghost Downstairs, Relatively Honest, What Scotland Taught Me, and Summer Term. A love story is always part of the plot, so some of the books are classified as romance too.

With her intense devotion to silly humor, Ringle was especially proud to win the grand prize in the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest with one (intentionally) terrible sentence. Molly grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and has lived in West Seattle with her husband and children for almost ten years and other parts of Seattle for a few years before that. Her studies include a bachelor of arts in anthropology and a master of arts in linguistics. She was a Tri-Delta in college in an old sorority house that was supposedly haunted which inspired some of the central ideas for ‘The Ghost Downstairs.’ When not writing, she can often be found experimenting with fragrances, chocolate, and gardening.

The public is invited to this FREE series from 5 to 7PM at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village. Other local authors will be featured in this free FIRST FRIDAY book talk series in coming months at Barnes & Noble in Westwood Village.

Additional information on future presentations can be obtained by calling Dora-Faye Hendricks, chair, “Words, Writers & West Seattle”, by phone at 206-280-9983, or by e-mail at: Dora-Faye@comcast.net

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Iain S. Thomas in Vancouver BC

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Monday, August 25, 2014 was a warm summer night full of stories, poetry, and questions. Iain S. Thomas, co-creator of I Wrote This For You, and author of Intentional Dissonance was in Vancouver BC at Y’s Books. Pam and David … Continue reading

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Join Iain Thomas in Vancouver

Ys PosterAcclaimed poet and co-creator of the weblog I Wrote This For You will be in Vancouver BC on Monday August 25th. Y’s Books will host Iain as he reads from his books and meets  readers.

Come join us for an evening of poetry, photography and prose at 7pm on Monday August 25 at Y’s Books located at 4307 Main Street in Vancouver.

You can RSVP to the Facebook event here. Seating and space is limited. Hope to see you there…

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Central Avenue’s Summer Catalog Now Available

Tree_2Check out what’s happening around this little press by browsing through our summer catalog. It’s available for download at our website here.

If you’re a book reviewing blogger and there’s a title that you’d like to feature or review for your blog, please send a note to info at centralavenuepublishing dot com and we’ll get you set up with a digital review copy, giveaway copies and/or author interviews.

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New Release: OMG… Am I a Witch?!

perf5.250x8.000.inddWe’d like to officially welcome Talia Aikens-Nunez to the Central Avenue Publishing family. Her book OMG… Am I a Witch?! is a wonderful addition to our too small children’s offering and we are very proud that she found us. This title was originally published by Pinwheel Books and has already won a silver Benjamin Franklin and kudos from some great authors and editors.

This early chapter book follows April Appleton as she inadvertently changes her big brother into a small dog. April never realized she had these magical powers, but now that her brother is a pooch, what will she do? A fun read, it’s perfect for the 7 to 12 year old in your life.

TaliaNunezTalia Aikens-Nunez wanted to be a meteorologist, a politician and a lawyer. It was raising her bilingual children that inspired Talia to write multicultural children’s books. Her family loves nature so much that she and her husband vowed that they will always try to live close to water, so now they live on a river in Connecticut.

 

ISBN Trade Paperback: 978-1-77168-025-7
ISBN ebook: 978-1-77168-026-4
JUVENILE | Fantasy & Magic
150 pages
List Price: $8.95 | $3.99
Published: August 7, 2014
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